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Jonathan Capehart's assertions.

Updated on March 17, 2015

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I just saw a portion of Fox News, with a man by the name of Jonathan Capehart saying among other things, (March 17, 2015), that,

“Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.”

He (Capehart) has started with a statement that was more horrifying as, "‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie, “The hardest piece I ever had to write.”

What? I was more than shocked; I was miffed to the very core of my being, knowing very well that the Ferguson, Missouri case of a Caucasian police officer, Darren Wilson, shooting and killing an African American teenager; yes, a teenager, Michael Brown, was very controversial, and has racially divided the people of this country.

Race relations and racial issues have had a long, reach history in America, in particular, and elsewhere, generally, to create a deep and long divide that could never be filled or bridged, no matter what anybody did.

Why? For goodness sake, the emotion surrounding race was natural and irreversible; so,to correct it was impossible. That was the truth; and very few would gainsay or deny that basic fact.

However, going back to Ferguson, for anyone making such a sweeping statement as this journalist did, was appalling, if not preposterous; and to prove that was to ask the question, "Were you there, Mister?"

Nobody would think that Jonathan Capehart was anywhere near the scene of the killing of Michael Brown; and those eyewitnesses, who actually saw what happened were some distance away; and the testimony they gave to the Grand jury couldn't be all factual.

The policeman and the teenager would be communicating back and forth, even in the heat of that event, and nobody could hear, verbatim, with what they said to each other.

The point I was trying to make against Jonathan Capehart was that Michael Brown was not in cuffs during his confrontation with Darren Wilson, and so he (Brown) would be making gestures, using his hands in particular.

In that scenario, the words, "Don't shoot" could have come out of Brown's mouth; and there would have been an indication of him attempting to protect himself from the many shots coming from Wilson's gun. Therefore, the "Hands Up; Don't Shoot" mannerism could have taken place.

The mantra that became a symbol for the protesters to voice out, and to get it to resonate around the world could be true, because no one was close enough to hear Michael Brown. For Jonathan Capehart, therefore, to come out to say what he said on national TV was outrageous, to say the least.

The shame of it all was that Jonathan Capehart was African American; and to see him turn on his own kind was unbelievable. He might have wanted to be fair in his opinion about the case, but to put on a display of a "Holier than thou" attitude against his own people was nothing short of despicable.

EMMANUEL BANDOH.


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